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Definition of felt

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a cloth made of wool and fur often mixed with natural or synthetic fibers through the action of heat, moisture, chemicals, and pressure
b : a firm woven cloth of wool or cotton heavily napped and shrunk
2 : an article made of felt
3 : a material resembling felt: such as
a : a heavy paper of organic or asbestos fibers impregnated with asphalt and used in building construction
b : semirigid pressed fiber insulation used in building


felted; felting; felts

Definition of felt (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to make out of or cover with felt
2 : to cause to adhere and mat together
3 : to make into felt or a similar substance


Definition of felt (Entry 3 of 3)

past tense and past participle of feel

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Other Words from felt


feltlike adjective

Examples of felt in a Sentence

Noun She made her son's costume from scraps of felt.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This was 6 minutes AFTER the quake as felt in Sparks. NBC News, "6.5 magnitude earthquake strikes western Nevada, cracks Vegas-to-Reno highway," 15 May 2020 Discko wasn’t leaving the house, and summoning the effort to do basic things like staying hydrated and eating a full meal felt like a battle. Jordan Mcmahon, Wired, "The App That Wants You to Treat Self Care Like a Garden," 11 Apr. 2020 Anything that came off sounding like words of self-care felt like a foreign thought to him. Christine Werthman, Billboard, "Why Dan Deacon Took Five Years to Release a New Album," 30 Jan. 2020 Kitty Wand Assorted scraps of felt and metallic paper become a captivating cat prop when affixed to a pretty dowel. Rebecca Deczynski, Good Housekeeping, "5 Pet Toys You Can Make Yourself," 14 Aug. 2014 Made with felt and waxed paper, the eggs can be filled with small candies or age-appropriate toys. 12. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, "24 At-Home Activities That Will Bring You Joy This Spring," 9 Apr. 2020 Yurts, portable circular dwellings with a lattice structure covered in felt or fabric, have been used in Central Asia, primarily Mongolia, for thousands of years. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Winter yurt camping in the Porcupine Mountains is great for beginners," 6 Feb. 2020 The sense that a Warren presidency would be costly to them personally, as well as forcing change on their companies, doubtless adds to the antipathy felt towards her among most of America’s business elite. The Economist, "Elizabeth Warren’s many plans would reshape American capitalism," 24 Oct. 2019 The Park and Recreation Board voted unanimously Thursday to make interim Director John Jenkins the permanent director after a national search that some felt was not transparent enough to the public. Obed Manuel, Dallas News, "Dallas park board appoints new department director as city seeks to slow coronavirus," 2 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The inspiration for this needle-felting project came from the Minneapolis Institute of Art, which features the 1889 painting prominently in its digital gallery. Lindsey Mcginnis, The Christian Science Monitor, "Tired of Netflix? Museums and theaters bring the arts home.," 15 May 2020 SmileyHugs are hand sewn, embroidered and needle-felted in a rustic style using eco-friendly, high quality 100% merino wool felt, 100% wool felt stuffing and 100% cotton thread. oregonlive, "10 ways to calm people and pets during a pandemic: Oregon-made SmileyHugs comfort," 12 May 2020 In a different account, another front line nurse described having never felt this alone. Mary Pembleton, New York Times, "A Pulse of Joy Amid Tragedy," 17 Apr. 2020 But he’d felt obliged, both to his climbing partners and to the North Face and NBC Sports, which were underwriting the expedition. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "Survivor’s Guilt in the Mountains," 24 Feb. 2020 There will be music, alpaca friends to meet and wooly wares from Alpaca Joy of Maryland, weaving demonstrations by fiber artist Joe Buriel, needle felting demonstrations and felting wares from Malinda’s Felt Shop. Lisa Peklo, baltimoresun.com, "Fall offers a lot of festival fun in western Howard County," 4 Oct. 2019 Consult a knitting book if needed for additional knitting and felting tips. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "Felted Mummy Doll," 9 Sep. 2019 Hanks, skeins and balls — from cloud-soft kid mohair to slightly felted, neon yellow merino wool from Uruguay to beginner-friendly, spaghetti-thick acrylics — pack the cubbyholes that hug the walls in the shop on Red Hill Avenue. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "Of earls and purls: Costa Mesa knitting group makes accessories to look the part at ‘Downton Abbey’ showing," 13 Sep. 2019 The Tiny Factory has just one large felting machine, which was custom-made in China in collaboration with an engineer. Bridget Read, Vogue, "In the Future, We’ll All Be Wearing Eileen Fisher," 29 May 2019

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First Known Use of felt


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for felt


Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German filz felt, Latin pellere to drive, beat

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The first known use of felt was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Felt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/felt. Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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How to pronounce felt (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of felt

: a soft, heavy cloth made by pressing together fibers of wool, cotton, or other materials


\ ˈfelt How to pronounce felt (audio) \

Kids Definition of felt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a soft heavy cloth made by rolling and pressing fibers together


Kids Definition of felt (Entry 2 of 2)

past tense and past participle of feel


Medical Definition of felt

past and past part of feel

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